is a visionary businesswoman; her education includes international business, sustainable community development, and applied anthropology. She formed a company providing consulting services in personal leadership and worked with many NGOs in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, after leaving her career in international business. As a consultant and personal change facilitator she began to work with international NGOs which led her to Panama, which she has called home since 2005. In Panama she has facilitated change processes with rural municipalities, indigenous groups, and cooperatives.
She was born in 1965, is a US citizen, and from a young age became interested in getting to know other cultures, learn different languages, and in finding a way to live 'on purpose' always seeking something better - because there just had to be - the world as we know it simply couldn't be the best effort of the human race on this planet earth. She manages this project and is currently recruiting the team of VISIONARY CO-FOUNDERS as she continues working as a consultant in sustainable development and as owner of Villa Astoria Guest House.
8thLife Panama's Advisory Council:
Two more very important people who have supported us. They are founders of the 8thLife EcoVillge in the Canary Islands:
her profesional profile compiling her extensive experience here
Born in Cuba in 1992, he lived there long enough to be deeply influenced by the rural extended family environment, before being taken at age 6 to live in the middle of a typical big city in Tenerife, as his family returned to their Canarian origins. There he assiduously studied all he could about natural systems in order "to try to keep sane", apart from learning about many other things, like speaking Japanese.
Jose was 18 when he started studying integral permaculture with the Integral Permaculture Academy, whilst finishing his degree in Computer Systems Engineering - which he achieved with suma cum laude + cash prizes in each year for being one of the top students in the Canary Islands, despite realizing early on he could never do the kind of dehumanizing work this line of study usually resulted in.
So at 19 he became the youngest investor & founder member of the 8thLife Ecovillage project where he is now the 'resident health guru' (having had to action-learn a lot about health whilst curing himself from some typical 'chronic diseases of civilization') & also great experimental cook (you can see one of his delicious gluten-free pizzas in the picture). Did we mention he's an artist too?
In the eco-village he is mainly in charge of designing & maintaining the animal systems because he is passionate about regenerating the soil & landscape (and producing abundance for all forms of Life) through integrating all kinds of animals (sheep, chickens, guineapigs, fish, bees...) into the ecosystem.
Suzy is passionate about social change and has been a social activist for almost 10 years. She writes for the online journal Elephant Journal on topics related to the devastation of industrial civilization, psychology and permaculture. After many years of taking part in human social changes Suzy now believes that this is interrelated with the most urgent issue of how we care for our environment and move forward as a civilization. Suzy is taking action by making personal changes and learning about permaculture so that she can participate in the bigger social changes happening here and around the world.
Her former jobs include being a ‘runner’ for television companies, working in hospitality and working as a support worker in a residential home for people with learning disabilities.
She has worked on organic farms in North Wales and Southern Spain and has also volunteered in Scotland as a support teacher.
In the eco-village we are really grateful for her great intelligence, clarity of thought, firm integrity and passion for justice. We have also had lots of fun together with her enthusiasm, creativity and artistic skills, and she is doing a wonderful job as our Volunteer Coordinator, thanks to which we are working much faster at improving the infrastructures of the EcoVillage project. And she treats us to guitar & piano concerts too :)
Is a founder member, advisor & Angel Investor in the project (not resident, but a share-holder) is a recognized & much appreciated EcoEconomist in a crucial pioneering field. A biologist & professor of sociology in Argentina, and anything but a theorist. She is the creator of the Red de Trueque Solidario, where lots of argentinians changed crisis into abundance. In 1996 she had to stay in bed due to an operation & this permitted her to observe a series of popular movements (like the silent marches of María Soledad & of the Carrasco case) which demonstrated a will for change.
She got her chance in '97, when she connected with the organizers of the Exchange Club (Club de Trueque - equivalent to LETS scheme in english) of Bernal, then starting to organize exchange markets. & she offered to add to the exchange of products also the exchange of knowledge & training.
In this way she contributed to the expansion of a network which now flowers over more than 14 provinces in Argentina, Brasil, Chili, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador & El Salvador.
See her page here > HeloisaPrimavera.com.ar & what she wrote about why she's investing in this project, below.
In 2010 she participated in the Action-Learning program in Finca Luna (the current site of the 8thLife EcoVillage) in La Palma which meant a quantum leap in her awakening & evolution.
She decided to start her Permaculture Diploma process, and has been working